Tunable-diode laser absorption spectrometry (TDLAS) affords a number of advantages for atmospheric measurements. It is a universal method, applicable, in principle, to all gases of atmospheric interest. Because of its extremely high spectral resolution it provides unequivocal identification of the target species, with no interferences from other gases. It provides real-time, in situ measurements with time resolutions better than 1 minute. The sensitivity of the current TDLAS system is marginally capable of measuring HO2. This species exists in the troposphere at concentrations which are up to 2 orders of magnitude higher than those of HO and, in addition, is much less susceptible to removal by the surfaces of the instrument and its sampling system. HO2 is an important HO sub x species in its own right but can also give direct information on the HO concentration by virtue of the rapid partitioning between these two species. The addition of the high-frequency modulation technique to the TDLAS system would ensure its ability to measure HO2 under most atmospheric conditions. The ability of the TDLAS to measure hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the ambient atmosphere was also demonstrated. H2O2 measurements give a clear indication of HO sub x mixing ratios and are also important as a photolytic source of HO and as an important oxidant for other atmospheric consitituents such as SO2.